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Graduate School Resources for Master's Students

Graduate School Workshop Series for Master’s Students

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Each semester, The Graduate School offers several workshops specifically designed for students in the school’s research master’s programs as part of the Professional Development Series. Master’s students are also welcome at most other events offered as part of the Professional Development Series.

Spring 2021 Events

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Collaborative Research and Mentorship in the Era of COVID: A Roundtable Discussion

    Graduate students and postdocs are integral parts of multidisciplinary research teams at Duke. Like faculty, they work closely with and mentor undergraduate researchers. Undeterred by the pandemic, graduate students and postdocs found new ways to connect with students last summer. At this virtual roundtable, we will hear from graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher who took collaborative research online. Panelists will reflect on their experiences organizing remote symposia and serving on remote research teams such as Bass Connections, Data+, and Story+. Panelists will reflect on their experiences serving on remote research and symposium teams in summer 2020 and participate in an informal discussion on mentorship and teamwork during these uncertain times.

  • Monday, January 25, 2021
    2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

    What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree? Identifying My Transferable Skills

    This workshop will help you identify the transferable skills you’ve already developed in graduate school or your postdoc experience, brainstorm opportunities to continue growing your skills, and connect with tools to help you plan for further development.

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021
    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

    How Do You Lead People Who are Not Like You? A Myers-Briggs Type Workshop

    Have you ever wondered how your personality preferences shape the way you interact with other people? If you prefer quiet time alone to interacting with a group, might that preference shape your style as a leader—and the way it’s received by those with the opposite preference? What if you like to be highly organized with checklists but your colleagues prefer to fly by the seat of their pants? This interactive workshop will help you learn about your behaviors and preferences by considering the way that people with the opposite personality preferences might perceive you, impacting your effectiveness as a leader.

  • Monday, February 8, 2021
    2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

    Making the Most of LinkedIn, the Duke Alumni Network, and Informational Interviews

    Learn how to leverage the Duke Alumni Network together with LinkedIn to maximize your career research and possibilities for connections. Find out how you can put that knowledge into action through informational interviews with professionals in organizations and careers of interest.

List of Past Workshops

Ten Professional Development Resources for Master's Students

Joy Javits facilitates an elevator pitch workshop for graduate studentsStudents in research master’s programs in The Graduate School can take advantage of many Duke programs and resources to support their career and professional development. Here are some of the top resources of interest to master’s students offered by The Graduate School and campus partners.

  1. The Duke University Career Center is an excellent first stop, particularly for those students who are considering a summer internship. Get started with the Career Center’s guide to internships for new master’s students.
  2. In collaboration with the The Graduate School, Thompson Writing Studio offers writing support for graduate students, including individual writing consultations.
  3. The Professional Development Series focuses on transferable skills and the full range of career paths available to master’s- and PhD-prepared professionals.
  4. Teaching Ideas workshops focus on topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  5. The Emerging Leaders Institute, offered each spring, aims to increase participants’ competencies in communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  6. The Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 for discipline-specific professional development activities hosted by departments and programs. Proposals are due October 15 each year.
  7. Students who will be working closely with a faculty mentor can benefit from the resources of the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring website.
  8. Improve your LinkedIn profile and connections and access other online resources to continue your professional development 24/7.
  9. Leverage the Duke Alumni Network to find alumni who may be able to help you grow your network and explore career options.
  10. Read about your colleagues’ professional development and contribute a post of your own to the Professional Development Blog.



Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School